Lu Over the Wall

(Yoake tsugeru Lu no uta) 夜明け告げるルーのうた
Japan 2017. Dir: Masaaki Yuasa. 107 min. DCP

From the visionary mind of anime eccentric Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl) comes a fresh, frenetic, and wildly fun take on the Japanese mermaid (or ningyo) legend. Kai is a mopey teen musician living unhappily in a quaint fishing village with his dad and grandpa. When Kai’s classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their jam session summons a surprise guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins transform into feet when she hears music, and whose singing propels people to compulsively bust a move! But the seaside hamlet has a troubled history with merfolk, and soon Lu is the unwanted talk of the town. Chock-full of catchy tunes, slapstick antics, and Yuasa’s signature visual wackiness, Lu Over the Wall is “a goofy, lovable mermaid-vampire dance musical” (Emily Yoshida, Vulture).

In consideration of little kiddos in attendance, Lu Over the Wall will screen in its English-dubbed version.


Summer Ningyo 夏の人魚たち
| This summer (or natsu, in Japanese), Film Club presents a pair of anime wonders that playfully reimagine ningyo, the mermaid-like creatures of Japanese folklore. Don't miss Ponyo in July.



"Invigorating ... Yuasa’s imagination runs so wild that it becomes impossible to resist."

Slant Magazine | full review

"For those whose appetites for Japanese anime don’t stop at Studio Ghibli, Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall goes not just over the wall, but pinwheeling through the neighbor’s garden and practically into another dimension."

Variety | full review

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